Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, NAD, turns 40 this year

Alcohol, Drugs

Mikaela Lindeman, editor
Published 13 Sep 2023

Celebrates with a thematic issue, and a webinar.

Back in the day – 1983- the journal was called Alkoholpolitik, Tidskrift för nordisk alkoholforskning and a result of a cooperation between the Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research and Finland’s state alcohol monopoly Alko. The very first editorial, by Editor- in- chief at the time Kerstin Stenius, can be read here; En nygammal tidskrift (A new-old journal).

Today, NAD is a fully peer-reviewed, open access journal for social science research on alcohol and drugs, as well as other substances and behaviours, such as gambling and smoking. All issues of the journal have been digitalized and the whole archive can be accessed, for free here. 


Even if 2023 is a different world in many aspects compared to 1983, some fundamental questions remain topical: the Nordic countries are still balancing between individual rights and the collective good, between top down and bottom up policy rationales, between seeing substance use and gambling as personal pastime choices and viewing them as a burden of the society.

To mark the jubilee and discuss these issues NAD welcomes everyone to an afternoon webinar November 22, 2023. Click here to register, and read more about the presenters: NAD 40. 

NAD also calls for articles for a special thematic issue on State monopolies and market regulation as instruments for enhancing welfare and health. Read the call in its full length here: NAD: Call for papers.